Why Give? – Tithes, Offerings & First Fruits – 30 Bible Basics

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Under the Old Testament laws, there were different kinds of offerings like voluntary offerings, meal offerings, fire offerings, drink offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings, burnt offerings and the others. However with the death of Jesus, we see that He was the ultimate sacrifice for all our sins.

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However in the New Testament, we do not give for the forgiveness of sins but instead as a token of gratitude of what God has done in our lives.

None of this is to be followed a rule but it is what we choose to do for what He has done in our lives. And most of all we cannot give to God what He has not first given to us.

Everything we have is His. Therefore giving must be the easiest thing a believer does.

Here are few areas that we can honor God in our finances.

Tithes

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven  And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

Malachi 3:10

Some argue that Tithes were an OT teaching. However, what we miss is that Jesus also taught that in Matthew 5:20, For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” It is true that in the law people counted themselves as righteous if they gave their ten percent. But certainly our righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees and the scribes.

In no way does it mean that we are not to pay tithes. It is a warning not to be religious in our lifestyle and it includes giving.

Tithing is mentioned by Jesus Christ Himself as a part of the practice of the Mosaic Law.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices– mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law– justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former (Tithing).”  Matthew 23:23

Jesus says it clearly, “Yes, you should not neglect justice, mercy and faithfulness.  But you should also not neglect giving the tithe.”

Hebrews 7, where it describes Abraham’s relationship to Christ draws a parallel between Abraham’s tithe and his acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty.

Tithing in Malachi Teaches Three Basic Reasons

1. Food in the House of God. Your finances bless the ministry of the house of God. You help the Church to do more and reach out to more people in knowing Jesus.

2. It opens heavens. Tithing is not about money but your faith and faithfulness. It touches the heart of God that there is nothing that you won’t give back to Him.

3. It releases God’s blessing over your life in different ways even to your generations to come.

How Much?

Remember we mentioned above – exceed traditions!

When in Canada, I noticed that the minimum tip to a waiter there is 15%. It made me think that we cannot treat God any less. Allow God to lead you on how much you should tithe.

You may know of Mr. William Colgate. Yes, I’ve loved using the Colgate toothpaste for this one reason. William Colgate arrived in New York and got a job in a soap factory. The first dollar he earned, he gave 10 percent to God. Soon he became a partner. Later he became the owner. The business grew, so he gave a double tithe, 20 percent. Then a triple tithe, a four fold one, 50 percent – finally he was giving 90 percent and living on the 10.

Pastor Samhwan Kim of Korea also makes the following observation about two very wealthy men in his book,  “J. D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) and Carnegie (1835-1919) were tithe-giving Christians who followed Jesus as Lord and Savior.  They gained much of the world’s wealth and used them for God’s work all over the world.”

Paula Ryan a non-Christian writer states, “In fact, some people who tithe eventually discover they can effortlessly give away 90% of their income and live comfortably on the remaining 10%.  John D. Rockefeller experienced this joy.”

First Fruit

“The best of all first fruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house.”

Ezekiel 44:30

Israel in the Old Testament became prosperous through their faithfulness in giving to God. You can see that even today around the world there is a great financial blessing upon many of the Jewish Community. First fruits are simply the giving God of the first of your fruits on a tree or the first lamb or a calf that is born.

In today’s world it would be you first salary or the first promotion you receive. Now please remember non of these are laws but your willful giving to honor God even in your finances.

I remember few months ago my sister got a job at Oracle. After joining her I asked her about salary and she was excited to tithe. I reminded her that she lived all these years without the salary and challenged her on giving God the entire salary for that month as it would not make a difference anyway. Later I was happy to know through mom that she willfully gave away every bit she got in the first salary to God. Now I know this is not practical with everyone.

And the same with the increase you receive in a promotion. If you’ve always earned 10,000 and from next month you get a increase of 2000, the first time you get your increase, give that 2000 to God. And give joyfully!

Offerings

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

Luke 6:38

I honor & encourage the fact that the tithes need to go into a Holy Spirit-filled Church that God has planted you in. However you can give your first fruits or a portion of your offerings to a ministry or an individual that serves the body of Christ.

The only condition of giving from the Bible is to do cheerfully, “let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 Don’t do it for a reward but do it because you love God and want to obey His word. Don’t give to get but give because God first gave – even His only begotten Son.

Last but not the least - It is easy to give in abundance but let us learn to give in our need. Remember the widow in the Bible who gave what she had left? Luke 21: 1-4 A faithful giver is good but God is looking for crazy givers in this generation. I pray that you and I will be that one!

Here are few verses to claim, pray, meditate and study:

2 Cor 8:9, 2 Cor 9:7, Luke 6:38, Ezek. 44:30, Mal. 3:10,11, Deut. 28:8, Gen 14:18, Lev 27:30, 1 Sam 2:8, Psa 112:1-3,  Eccles 5:19, Prov 19:17, Prov 22:4

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord,

Now that you show me the truth about giving in the Word help me to give beyond what I have so far. I want to honor You even with my finances. Help me to be a blessing to my church, leaders and to the needy around me.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:7

Time to act now!

Also, I want to hear your stories about how God has led you in giving and receiving? What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt about giving? Discuss below and encourage someone!

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  • Priya

    Amen :) Praise the Lord brother. it’s indeed so true that we give what the Lord first gave us :) He has cheerfully given us, so we have a greater responsibility of giving to the Lord cheerfully :) When i got my job at TechM, i also vowed to give my first salary to my Lord :) the moment i received my first salary, there was no greater joy than giving it to the Lord :) And praise God, till now He is sustaining me and leading me graciously :) He is sooooooo good :) Thank you Jesus Abba my Lord :)
    Brother, thanx for the beautiful word in the spirit :) As you said “A faithful giver is good but God is looking for crazy givers in this generation. I pray that you and I will be that one!” i pray that the Lord will make me a crazy giver because i want to fulfill every expectation of my Abba dad :) 
    Jesus bless dear brother and Tiny sister and their beautiful gift Kathryn :) Amen :)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Amen to that! That’s a great testimony. God bless u further for His glory.

      • Nirmala Baboolal

        Waw, that story of William Colgate really enlightened my perspective! First time hearing his story actually, now I’m glad I used his colgate toothpaste too :) lol. Given me such an incredible perspective of actually giving God 90% and living on 10% – waw, that’s something to consider! I feel inspired. Thanks for sharing that story! Blessings.

        • Nirmala Baboolal

          Waw, that story of William Colgate really enlightened my perspective! First time hearing his story actually, now I’m glad I used his colgate toothpaste too :) lol. Given me such an incredible perspective of actually giving God 90% and living on 10% – waw, that’s something to consider! I feel inspired. Thanks for sharing that story! Blessings.

        • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

          That’s a good perspective.

      • Priya

        amen :):):)

        • Anonymous

          Giving to God is a really pleasant experience :)

  • Priya

    Amen :) Praise the Lord brother. it’s indeed so true that we give what the Lord first gave us :) He has cheerfully given us, so we have a greater responsibility of giving to the Lord cheerfully :) When i got my job at TechM, i also vowed to give my first salary to my Lord :) the moment i received my first salary, there was no greater joy than giving it to the Lord :) And praise God, till now He is sustaining me and leading me graciously :) He is sooooooo good :) Thank you Jesus Abba my Lord :)
    Brother, thanx for the beautiful word in the spirit :) As you said “A faithful giver is good but God is looking for crazy givers in this generation. I pray that you and I will be that one!” i pray that the Lord will make me a crazy giver because i want to fulfill every expectation of my Abba dad :) 
    Jesus bless dear brother and Tiny sister and their beautiful gift Kathryn :) Amen :)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Amen to that! That’s a great testimony. God bless u further for His glory.

      • Priya

        amen :):):)

  • Nirmala Baboolal

    Waw, that story of William Colgate really enlightened my perspective! First time hearing his story actually, now I’m glad I used his colgate toothpaste too :) lol. Given me such an incredible perspective of actually giving God 90% and living on 10% – waw, that’s something to consider! I feel inspired. Thanks for sharing that story! Blessings.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      That’s a good perspective.

  • ElizabethMathew

    Giving to God is a really pleasant experience :)

  • Paul Anada Raj

    Good one. Similar sermon in my church last sunday. Interestingly pastor quote Mathew 23:23- “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier  matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”. Pastor said, Jesus referring here to observe tithing together with good deeds.

    • Josh

      Amen…It is always good to obey the word of God…I am saddened of some pastors using the entire tithe money only for themselves and their family and not contributing to the church or the people who are in need. I would be really glad if the tithe money is spent on ministries properly…When I shared this to one of my friends,what he told me to do was really inspiring.He said,” Just obey the word of God..and they are answerable to God…” 

  • Paul Anada Raj

    Good one. Similar sermon in my church last sunday. Interestingly pastor quote Mathew 23:23- “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier  matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”. Pastor said, Jesus referring here to observe tithing together with good deeds.

  • http://www.diggingtheword.blogspot.com/ Rick Morgan

    I received a challenge from a pastor which I took to heart. He said that you should be able to increase your giving each year, most Christians are stuck at 10% but they should pray about giving more.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Hmmm. It certainly is a walk of faith!

  • http://www.diggingtheword.blogspot.com/ Rick Morgan

    I received a challenge from a pastor which I took to heart. He said that you should be able to increase your giving each year, most Christians are stuck at 10% but they should pray about giving more.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Hmmm. It certainly is a walk of faith!

  • Josh

    Amen…It is always good to obey the word of God…I am saddened of some pastors using the entire tithe money only for themselves and their family and not contributing to the church or the people who are in need. I would be really glad if the tithe money is spent on ministries properly…When I shared this to one of my friends,what he told me to do was really inspiring.He said,” Just obey the word of God..and they are answerable to God…” 

  • josh

    Amen…It is always good to obey the word of God…I am saddened of some pastors using tithe money only for themselves and their family and not contributing much to the church or the people who are in need. It would be really glad if the tithe money is spent on ministries properly…When I shared this to one of my friends,what he told me to do was really inspiring.He said,” Just obey the word of God..and they are answerable to God…”

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Agree. No one will escape God’s eyes.

      • Russell Earl Kelly

        SIX COMMON LIES ABOUT TITHING
        (1) TITHING WAS BEFORE THE LAW AND IS THEREFORE
        AN ETERNAL MORAL PRINCIPLE

        A tradition is not automatically an eternal
        moral principle merely because it is very old, very common and very widespread.
        The fact that tithing was a common law of the land before the Bible was written
        does not make it a moral principle. Idolatry, worship of astrological bodies,
        child sacrifice, temple prostitution, witchcraft and necromancy are equally very
        old, very common and very widespread in pagan cultures. The practice of giving
        is found in natural law, but an exact percentage is not.

        In obedience to the law of the land Abraham
        tithed before the Law of Moses. But that does not prove that tithing is an
        eternal moral principle. If we followed Abraham’s example (as we are told), (1)
        we would only tithe spoils gathered from our enemies; (2) we would only tithe
        once; (3) we would not tithe any of our own property and (4) we would give the
        90% to the equivalent of the king of Sodom. See my book, chapter two and my
        essay, Tithing is Not a Christian Doctrine, point four.

        (2) TITHING IS THE BIBLICAL STANDARD, THE
        MINIMUM STARTING POINT AND/OR “IT’S A GOOD PLACE TO
        START”

        This lie is built on two false assumptions: (1)
        that everybody in the OT was required to begin their level of giving at 10% and
        (2) that everybody in the OT gave 10% of all increase as a tithe regardless of
        where they lived.

        First, only
        those Israelites who earned a livelihood from farming and herding clean animals
        inside Israel were required
        to tithe under the Mosaic Law. All sixteen (16) of sixteen (16) Bible texts
        which describe the contents of tithes porve tihis point. The
        tithe increase only came from God’s miracle hand. Second, those whose increase
        came from their own crafts and skills were not required to tithe products and
        money. The poor and needy who did not tithe and received from the tithe gave
        freewill offerings. See my book, chapter one and my essay, point
        two.

        (3) TITHES ARE THE SAME AS
        FIRSTFRUITS

        The
        first-fruit was a very small amount of the first crop harvest and the first-born
        was the first offspring of animals. The first-fruit was small enough to fit into
        a hand-held basket (Deut. 26:1-4, 10; Lev. 23:17; Num. 18:13-17; 2 Chron 31:5a).

        First-fruit and first-born offerings went
        directly to the Temple and were
        required to be totally consumed by ministering priests only inside the
        Temple (Neh. 10:35-37a; Ex. 23:19;
        34:26; Deut. 18:4). Tithes went directly to the Levitical cities (Neh 10:37b)
        and a small portion was then taken to the Temple storehouse (Neh
        10:38-39).

        Teaching that the first tenth of ones increase
        must go to the church organization is wrong. It is not taught to the Christian
        or the Church . It violates the instruction found in 1st Timothy 5:8 that one
        acts like an infidel if one does not care for family essentials first. And it
        robs the poorest in society of food, medicine and necessary care.

        (4) TITHES INCLUDE MONEY

        One
        argument to support non-food tithing is that money was not universally available
        and barter from food must have been used for most transactions. This argument is not biblical. Genesis alone
        contains “money” in 32 texts and the word occurs 44 times before the tithe is
        first mentioned in Leviticus 27. The word shekel also appears often from Genesis
        to Deuteronomy.

        In fact
        many centuries before
        Israel entered
        Canaan and began tithing food from God’s Holy
        Land money was an essential everyday item. For example money in the
        form of silver shekels paid for slaves (Gen 17:12+); land (Gen 23:9+); freedom
        (Ex 23:11); court fines (Ex 21 all;
        22 all); sanctuary dues (Ex 30:12+); vows (Lev 27:3-7); poll taxes (Num 3:47+),
        alcoholic drinks (Deu 14:26) and
        marriage dowries (Deu 22:29).

        According to Genesis 47:15-17 food was only used for barter
        after money had been spent. Banking and usury laws exist in God’s Word in
        Leviticus even before tithing. Therefore the argument that money was not
        prevalent enough for everyday use is false. Yet the tithe contents never include
        money from non-food products and trades.

        (5) THE CHURCH IS THE STOREHOUSE AND THE TITHE
        MUST BE TAKEN THERE

        Thie lie can be easily refuted from both the
        Bible and from early church history. First, the OT Temple which was a literal
        physical building has been replaced by the body of the individual believer in
        which the Holy Spirit dwells. Second, the word “church” means “assembly” and not
        a building. The early church did not even have buildings for over 200 years
        after Calvary.

        (6) THE FULL TITHE MUST GO TO THE
        PREACHER

        This lie is a gross distortion of the OT
        doctrine of tithing under the Law. First, the OT tithe went to the Levites who
        were both servants to the priests and who also served as government employees.
        Second, the Levites only gave a tenth of their tenth to the priests. Third, as
        tithe-recipients neither Levites nor priests were allowed to own or inherit land
        inside Israel.

        All of these points are discussed in detail both
        in my book, Should the ChurchTeach Tithing, and in my essay,
        Tithing is Not a Christian Doctrine.

        Russell Earl Kelly, Ph. D.

        • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

          Dear brother, u have choose to ignore the whole post & have copy pasted ur book. In the post we already mention how these principles exist even in the New Testament. And what one does to God out their free will & choice is what we mention here. To simply call it lies is a dangerous position.

          • Russell Kelly

            Why don’t you “correct” my comments. I see not N^T discussion aboudt tidthign except Mt 23:23 which is before Calvary and Jesus is discussing “matters of the law”. I did not copy my book. The comments were already on my web site and i did not want to rEtype them. i want serious discussion.

          • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

            Brother if Jesus said it then that settles it. Why must we be more confused.

  • josh

    Amen…It is always good to obey the word of God…I am saddened of some pastors using tithe money only for themselves and their family and not contributing much to the church or the people who are in need. It would be really glad if the tithe money is spent on ministries properly…When I shared this to one of my friends,what he told me to do was really inspiring.He said,” Just obey the word of God..and they are answerable to God…”

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Agree. No one will escape God’s eyes.

  • JishaJoseph

    Dear brother shyju
    The post on tithes,offerings,first fruits was so usefull.I have a doubt rgarding the first fruits….Does it just mean the fruits of our work  in this world (salary ,agricultural products etc) or does it include children who r blesings from God?.If the First fruits of the womb is for the glory of God how can a parent really take the decision on behalf of the child and after taking the decision how can he/She make the child understand the commitment…Was there any practice among jews to give the first offsprings for God’s work..So how to honour God as thanks giving for the children he has given… 

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      No there was no set law but Hannah is a great example of giving her child to God. And your duty as a parent would be to first be the testimony in the house. Children learn from your life the most. Also let’s believe in the scripture Prov 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

  • JishaJoseph

    Dear brother shyju
    The post on tithes,offerings,first fruits was so usefull.I have a doubt rgarding the first fruits….Does it just mean the fruits of our work  in this world (salary ,agricultural products etc) or does it include children who r blesings from God?.If the First fruits of the womb is for the glory of God how can a parent really take the decision on behalf of the child and after taking the decision how can he/She make the child understand the commitment…Was there any practice among jews to give the first offsprings for God’s work..So how to honour God as thanks giving for the children he has given… 

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      No there was no set law but Hannah is a great example of giving her child to God. And your duty as a parent would be to first be the testimony in the house. Children learn from your life the most. Also let’s believe in the scripture Prov 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

  • Sharath Dodda

    Hi Eva Shyju,
    This is awesome and simple…very practical.can you post on “seed”.

    Thanks.

  • Sharath Dodda

    Hi Eva Shyju,
    This is awesome and simple…very practical.can you post on “seed”.

    Thanks.

  • Vijay

    Anna im Blessed and I Praise my Father in Heaven for the things He is teaching you and through you. My friend had asked me this question that isnt giving tithe a OT act. But then I felt I would get the Truth in this blog and Im happy that I could learn and I have told my friend too about Tithing. Surely this was helpful anna. thank God for You. Even I want God to teach me . Please pray for me. 

      Jesus loves you anna and your family. God bless you.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Hi Vijay I am so glad u got the answer here. That’s my greatest desire for this blog. God bless u too. Love.

  • Vijay

    Anna im Blessed and I Praise my Father in Heaven for the things He is teaching you and through you. My friend had asked me this question that isnt giving tithe a OT act. But then I felt I would get the Truth in this blog and Im happy that I could learn and I have told my friend too about Tithing. Surely this was helpful anna. thank God for You. Even I want God to teach me . Please pray for me. 

      Jesus loves you anna and your family. God bless you.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Hi Vijay I am so glad u got the answer here. That’s my greatest desire for this blog. God bless u too. Love.

  • Yve

    I have been faithful to give my tithes and offerings since i became a christian (14 years) and learned about tithing. But I had some health issues and bouts of unemployment and now I am 30,000 in bad credit card debt. God showed me a couple of months ago I was to stop using credit and rely on Him. After paying my tithe, and some offering, and first fruits (an additional 1/40th to the poor), my minimum credit payments, I have struggled to put food on the table and gas for work, I’ve cut out non-essentials like cable t.v, I would like clothing, ect , but do not spend…..God has so far gotten me through, but it’s been very stressful….& been challenging to give cheerfully as of recently because…..I lthink I would prefer at this time giving to the poor and needy, (e.g. I support an orphan through world vision) and missionaries who spread the gospel more over rich churches and pastors…In the new testament according to Acts….the church provided for the needy in the church…..most churches do not, from what I have seen…..it says their was not a needy one among them and people gave generously as they purposed in their heart, no set amount commanded,……..I am in need to get out of credit card hell….where is the rich loving christian in my church to help?…..

    • Yve

      p.s. I think actually their may have been a month and a half to almost 2 months tithe, a few years ago that I gave to a person who was registered as a tax deductible charity….a christian inner healing counclelor…..as i thought that might be ok, but i was not a 100%….maybe this was wrong because they ministeed to me and the tithe was not given for the good of others….maybe this started the spiral of financnail problems…..but I dion’t know…….I am grateful God is feeding me and has done some nice things for me like someone bought me an airling ticket last month for me to see my grandma on hospice in another state, and at xmas.. when I visited my mom gave me some cash, paid for highlights and a hair cut ect…..but most of my family in another state is not christian…..and thus far I have always been the needy one at 37, unmarried, living in an expensive city (but feel called to be here)…….(I do believe God had plans to prosper me, He’s given me a great project that I’ve been working on in my spare time, that I believe will help great mulititides and be profitable, so I really want to be a good steward with that once that happens, but being patient for these few years working on it is challengeing at times)………
      ** I’ve just lately felt like I would feel so much more cheerful giving to the poor and needy, Bible tells us were to do that and when we do were giving to the Lord, e.g. the cup of water, clothing, blankets, food, ect……The bible also makes it clear were supposed to help the less fortunate in our church/among us 1st…..What about the 7 th year where they didn’t tithe to give the land a rest? Do we get a rest from tithing every 7th year? What about every 3rd year ALL the tithes went to the poor and needy among them?? If were going to follow this command we should do it correctl, shouldn’t we? What about the part of the tithe they got to use for fun/cellebration ? Why don’t churches do that?

      • Yve

        But I find it interesting that the person who bought me a 500$ airline ticket doesn’t tithe, rather he says he gives as the Lord directs him…..and he gave this large sum to me in responce to a text i sent to friends to please pray that the Lord would bless me wtih the finances to see my beloved grandma……
        (but then again if I didn’t tithe….in less than 2 months I could buy my own ticket….so it seems a bit like just changing hands…
        but since I obeyed the Lord to go credit card free (which has taken tremendous faith due to the min. payments I have now proportional to income….even the creditors on paper said I should seek debt relief b/c it looked impossible even for me to make the min. payments from what I make….) God has been giving more consistent day job work……perhaps their are other factors in this eqation…but my friend who does not tithe….has no debt…..has all his needs me, has more spending money and will be receiving a large inheritance from his mother……..but I know we shouldn’t compare….but I think his style of giving is more fun….to give to a person in need is where I’ve found the most joy in giving……
        The early church appeared to use money brought in to meet the needs of those in their christian community.

        • Yve

          & to for those who went out to preach the gospel locally or traveling

          • Yve

            read so many things….based on my experience of sowing just about my last ten bucks (maybe had 7$ in the back and a 41 $ bill to pay)…..makes me almost want to give Radically and just start testing God by making widows mite offerings ,even more in faith trusting God to multiply back…..any stories about that? or youtubes?….maybe that’s my way to get out of debt faster….but can be a challenge giving cheerfully that way….(not feeling hard pressed)….but suppose it’s possible in spending time in praise and thanksgiving to get yourself cheerful about this giving…..but is that wise? We hear all the time we can’t out give God though….and the spiritual laws of sowing and reaping…….& is giving to get perhaps giving out of compulsion….or jsut plain not the right attitude…..but many say this giving is the only way were permitted to Test God….but then again….that was in the old testament…..& Jesus told Satan in the new testament when he tried to jump off a cliff he said it is written do not tempt the Lord your God……any thoughts….

  • Yve

    I have been faithful to give my tithes and offerings since i became a christian (14 years) and learned about tithing. But I had some health issues and bouts of unemployment and now I am 30,000 in bad credit card debt. God showed me a couple of months ago I was to stop using credit and rely on Him. After paying my tithe, and some offering, and first fruits (an additional 1/40th to the poor), my minimum credit payments, I have struggled to put food on the table and gas for work, I’ve cut out non-essentials like cable t.v, I would like clothing, ect , but do not spend…..God has so far gotten me through, but it’s been very stressful….& been challenging to give cheerfully as of recently because…..I lthink I would prefer at this time giving to the poor and needy, (e.g. I support an orphan through world vision) and missionaries who spread the gospel more over rich churches and pastors…In the new testament according to Acts….the church provided for the needy in the church…..most churches do not, from what I have seen…..it says their was not a needy one among them and people gave generously as they purposed in their heart, no set amount commanded,……..I am in need to get out of credit card hell….where is the rich loving christian in my church to help?…..

  • Yve

    p.s. I think actually their may have been a month and a half to almost 2 months tithe, a few years ago that I gave to a person who was registered as a tax deductible charity….a christian inner healing counclelor…..as i thought that might be ok, but i was not a 100%….maybe this was wrong because they ministeed to me and the tithe was not given for the good of others….maybe this started the spiral of financnail problems…..but I dion’t know…….I am grateful God is feeding me and has done some nice things for me like someone bought me an airling ticket last month for me to see my grandma on hospice in another state, and at xmas.. when I visited my mom gave me some cash, paid for highlights and a hair cut ect…..but most of my family in another state is not christian…..and thus far I have always been the needy one at 37, unmarried, living in an expensive city (but feel called to be here)…….(I do believe God had plans to prosper me, He’s given me a great project that I’ve been working on in my spare time, that I believe will help great mulititides and be profitable, so I really want to be a good steward with that once that happens, but being patient for these few years working on it is challengeing at times)………
    ** I’ve just lately felt like I would feel so much more cheerful giving to the poor and needy, Bible tells us were to do that and when we do were giving to the Lord, e.g. the cup of water, clothing, blankets, food, ect……The bible also makes it clear were supposed to help the less fortunate in our church/among us 1st…..What about the 7 th year where they didn’t tithe to give the land a rest? Do we get a rest from tithing every 7th year? What about every 3rd year ALL the tithes went to the poor and needy among them?? If were going to follow this command we should do it correctl, shouldn’t we? What about the part of the tithe they got to use for fun/cellebration ? Why don’t churches do that?

  • Yve

    p.s.s. I have repented about the tithe used to minister to myself, but lately I’ve been doing a Lot of research on the way the early church did things….and wondering if tithing is really for the new testament church….instead of just giving cheerfully as the Lord directs ….or we freely want to give in grattitude for the Lord….(I will say once recently a bill was due that I didn’t have the money to pay….I had paid my tithes first as usual and offering supporting an orphan…….and I felt God told me to put all that I had in my wallet in the offering basket, which was ten dollars, at first I was like but i was going to use that for food…but ok Lord, I trust you…….and I walked out with 100$…..that was a miracle and generous offering, based on what I had….and God blessed me generously for obedience and genrous giving….I gave the offering as I recall designated to the poor….which I prefer….)

  • Yve

    p.s.s. I have repented about the tithe used to minister to myself, but lately I’ve been doing a Lot of research on the way the early church did things….and wondering if tithing is really for the new testament church….instead of just giving cheerfully as the Lord directs ….or we freely want to give in grattitude for the Lord….(I will say once recently a bill was due that I didn’t have the money to pay….I had paid my tithes first as usual and offering supporting an orphan…….and I felt God told me to put all that I had in my wallet in the offering basket, which was ten dollars, at first I was like but i was going to use that for food…but ok Lord, I trust you…….and I walked out with 100$…..that was a miracle and generous offering, based on what I had….and God blessed me generously for obedience and genrous giving….I gave the offering as I recall designated to the poor….which I prefer….)

  • Yve

    But I find it interesting that the person who bought me a 500$ airline ticket doesn’t tithe, rather he says he gives as the Lord directs him…..and he gave this large sum to me in responce to a text i sent to friends to please pray that the Lord would bless me wtih the finances to see my beloved grandma……
    (but then again if I didn’t tithe….in less than 2 months I could buy my own ticket….so it seems a bit like just changing hands…
    but since I obeyed the Lord to go credit card free (which has taken tremendous faith due to the min. payments I have now proportional to income….even the creditors on paper said I should seek debt relief b/c it looked impossible even for me to make the min. payments from what I make….) God has been giving more consistent day job work……perhaps their are other factors in this eqation…but my friend who does not tithe….has no debt…..has all his needs me, has more spending money and will be receiving a large inheritance from his mother……..but I know we shouldn’t compare….but I think his style of giving is more fun….to give to a person in need is where I’ve found the most joy in giving……
    The early church appeared to use money brought in to meet the needs of those in their christian community.

  • Yve

    & to for those who went out to preach the gospel locally or traveling

  • Yve

    read so many things….based on my experience of sowing just about my last ten bucks (maybe had 7$ in the back and a 41 $ bill to pay)…..makes me almost want to give Radically and just start testing God by making widows mite offerings ,even more in faith trusting God to multiply back…..any stories about that? or youtubes?….maybe that’s my way to get out of debt faster….but can be a challenge giving cheerfully that way….(not feeling hard pressed)….but suppose it’s possible in spending time in praise and thanksgiving to get yourself cheerful about this giving…..but is that wise? We hear all the time we can’t out give God though….and the spiritual laws of sowing and reaping…….& is giving to get perhaps giving out of compulsion….or jsut plain not the right attitude…..but many say this giving is the only way were permitted to Test God….but then again….that was in the old testament…..& Jesus told Satan in the new testament when he tried to jump off a cliff he said it is written do not tempt the Lord your God……any thoughts….

  • God_helper

    I have learned a lot from reading your blog. To God be the Glory.

  • God_helper

    I have learned a lot from reading your blog. To God be the Glory.

  • Steve

    If tithing is giving ten and living on ninety, what is it called to live on ten?

  • Steve

    If tithing is giving ten and living on ninety, what is it called to live on ten?

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

    Dear brother, u have choose to ignore the whole post & have copy pasted ur book. In the post we already mention how these principles exist even in the New Testament. And what one does to God out their free will & choice is what we mention here. To simply call it lies is a dangerous position.

  • Russell Kelly

    Why don’t you “correct” my comments. I see not N^T discussion aboudt tidthign except Mt 23:23 which is before Calvary and Jesus is discussing “matters of the law”. I did not copy my book. The comments were already on my web site and i did not want to rEtype them. i want serious discussion.

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

    Brother if Jesus said it then that settles it. Why must we be more confused.

  • Devika

    This may be what you are looking for?
    1 Corinthians 16: 2″On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made”.

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